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Arlington Hts. farmers' market opens under new manager

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  • The Arlington Heights Farmers Market opens Saturday, June 7, and runs through October. For the first time in its history, the village's historical museum will manage the weekly event.

       The Arlington Heights Farmers Market opens Saturday, June 7, and runs through October. For the first time in its history, the village's historical museum will manage the weekly event.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 

The Arlington Heights Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday, June 7, under new management.

The Arlington Heights Historical Society will manage the weekly event for the first time in the market's 15-year history. The market previously was run by village resident and local real estate broker Claudia Starck.

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"We are keeping it the same, just enhancing it," said Carol Frieburg, development coordinator at the historical society.

The farmers market will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, June 7 to Oct. 18, in the parking lot across the street from the museum, at Vail Avenue and Fremont Street, officials said.

Starck started the market and ran it on her own for 14 years, but she decided to hand it over the historical society as she prepares to retire. Funds generated by the market will go back to the historical museum and programs.

So far 17 vendors have signed up, but Frieburg said they are looking to add more.

Vendors from around the area will bring corn, cheese, beans, asparagus, cauliflower, cherries, greens, honey, herbs, pumpkins, flowers, jams, bread, desserts, bison, fruits and other produce.

The museum is planning to add monthly events to highlight different areas of the market, Frieburg said. One month could focus on flowers, with others on grilling and sweets. Each would highlight different vendors at the market, she said.

Organizers are also looking to bring in musicians, face painting, balloons and other events for the whole family.

The historical museum will be open during farmers market hours for people to use the bathroom and browse the exhibits, she said.

"It's going to be an exciting season," Frieburg said.

More information about the Arlington Heights Farmers Market can be found on its new website, AHFarmersMarket.com.

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